WCRI Quarterly Newsletter: 3rd Quarter (7/1/17 - 9/30/17)
This newsletter shows you where and how WCRI's work is being actively used across the country, who we are sharing our work with, and where our work is appearing in the media. If there are ways we can make our newsletters more valuable for you and your organization, please let us know. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support.
Impact
Massachusetts State House
In states large and small, our work continues to be actively used by a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders, resulting in better, more informed decision making.

  • Massachusetts: WCRI was invited to brief a group of Massachusetts state legislators and their staff on WCRI's latest opioid studies (Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 4th Edition and Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids, 4th Edition). During the presentation, State Rep. Nick Collins mentioned how helpful WCRI's work was in helping to pass legislation to make Massachusetts' prescription drug monitoring program mandatory in 2012.
  • North Carolina: A public hearing was held on changes proposed by the North Carolina Industrial Commission to the fee schedule for ambulatory surgery centers. WCRI findings were cited at the hearing and in submitted testimony.
  • Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Division of Workers' Compensation recently prepared an informational handout titled, "The Wisconsin Workers' Compensation Equation - It's A Bargain." The 27-page document included data and statistics from various sources, including WCRI, on the performance of the Wisconsin workers' compensation system. 
  • Maryland: Commissioner Maureen Quinn of the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission referenced WCRI's opioid research in her remarks at the Maryland Workers Compensation Educational Association's Annual Conference, which was attended by over 600 stakeholders in the Maryland system.
  • Texas: Wes Marshall, chair of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission, and Deneise Lott, administrative judge with the Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission, cited WCRI's research at the 2017 Texas Workers' Compensation Education Conference, which was attended by over 300 stakeholders in the Texas system.
Latest Research Published
People discussing our research.
Educating Diverse Groups 
Below is a sample of the diverse groups with whom we shared our research over the last three months.

Conferences we presented at:
  • American Association for Justice 2017 Annual Conference
  • American Society of Workers' Compensation Professionals Annual Fall Meeting
  • Casualty Actuarial Society's 2017 Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar
  • Indiana Workers' Compensation Institute's 2017 Annual Seminar
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Workers' Compensation Summit
  • National Conference of Insurance Legislators 2017 Summer Meeting
  • New York State Workers' Compensation Forum
  • Wisconsin Safety Council's Annual Symposium on Workers' Compensation

Briefings we gave:
  • Delaware Department of Insurance
  • Florida Division of Workers' Compensation
  • Florida House Insurance and Banking Committee
  • Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation
  • Louisiana Office of Risk Management
  • Louisiana Workers' Compensation Advisory Council
  • Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents
  • Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation
Recorded Webinar on WCRI's Latest Opioid Research
Last month, close to 300 people registered for our webinar on our latest opioid studies ( Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 4th Edition and Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids, 4th Edition).

The recorded version is free for members and $25 for non-members. Click here to learn more.
WCRI In The News
Member Spotlight: Mike Fenlon, UPS
Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to one of our long-time members, Mike Fenlon of United Parcel Service (UPS), about
  • how he came to know WCRI,
  • why UPS became a member, and
  • what value he derives from membership.

Mike heads global corporate risk management for UPS, which is the world’s largest package delivery company serving more than 220 countries and territories.

Click here to read more.
If you are a member of WCRI and would like to participate in one of our member spotlights or you are not a member and would like to learn more about membership, please contact us .
Save The Date - Annual Conference
The WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference is March 22-23, 2018, at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. Please save the date and contact us with any questions. 

Click on the video image to hear from a few attendees from our last conference on what keeps them coming back.
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